Opinion

The mysterious and horrible kinderbug

The first symptoms began to reveal themselves less than 24 hours after I subbed in a kindergarten classroom on the last school day before Christmas break. The teacher had been stricken with a flu-like bug, and after taking attendance I discovered that three students had been forced to stay home due to illness, too. I

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A full house for a change during holiday week

Applesauce, sucked through a straw from a plastic, 3-ounce package, seems to be the choice food of 18-month old boys. That was my most astute observation of the Christmas holidays. As a professional journalist, trained to see the “big picture” of life…..nah – who am I kidding? Being a weekly newspaper editor has a way

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Be great, and have a happy New Year

While a fair number of folks are nursing hangovers on New Year’s Day, I will be waking up to my 366th consecutive day without a drink. It will be, as they say, the first day of the rest of my life; the beginning of my second year of sobriety. For some of you, my faithful

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Many resolutions, only two goals in 2018

“Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.” ~Oscar Wilde  Thinking that the Irish comedian/writer was correct, I don’t really make resolutions. OK, Oscar was absolutely right. Resolutions are easily made, easily broken. I have better luck setting goals – I have no idea why – but

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Ashland’s Internet Apocalypse of 2017

Last weekend, many residents of Southern Boone County unexpectedly found themselves without internet and cellular service. It is not uncommon to lose one service or the other from time to time, especially in rural areas such as ours, but losing both at once for a full 24 hours is quite unusual. For many people, including

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Fake Holiday News You Can Use

The sounds of the season are what makes Christmas come alive for me. There are the smells of the season – with a live tree in the living room and a wreath in the hallway, the house smells of a pine forest. Along with the smell of fresh-baked Christmas cookies this past weekend, the household

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Ode to my friend and neighbor, Mr. Oleski

The Columbia Missourian newspaper announced who the recipients of their 2017 Progress Awards were last week, and when the Sherman Brown, Jr. Award (recognizing a community member who always serves others with the highest esteem and treats everyone like gold) was given to Southern Boone resident Tom Oleski, I was elated, but not at all

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No plutonium under the tree

My grandson is no longer a baby. This Christmas Luke Vinson will be a fully-grown 18-month old toddler, capable of out-running his mother and screaming louder than either of his Labrador retrievers he lives with can bark. So, naturally, it is time to buy this big boy some big boy Christmas gifts. Except the combination

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Writing is Life

“What should I write about this week, Truman?” Having written well over three hundred columns for the Journal in the last few years, I occasionally struggle to come up with fresh ideas. When I find myself particularly stumped, I sometimes ask my family for help. “I don’t know,” my eleven-year-old son replied. “Life?” Now why

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Powering through leaf season

There are but a few different ways to get the leaves off of your lawn: Pay someone to remove your leaves. This method is utilized by the elderly, the lazy or those who don’t appreciate the intrinsic value of taking care of a challenge left by Monther Nature. Get your John Deere tractor out and

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